WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
UPDATE TO K-1 ARRIVAL : PLEASE DROP OFF IN THE BIG YARD IN THE SMALL PLAY SPACE. OUR SCHOOL DAY BEGINS AT 8:00 AM.
October News 2018
Dear PS 38 families,
October is off to a great start. Our students seemed to have settled comfortably into their school and classroom routines, in our brief few weeks of school. I’m also becoming more familiar with the names and faces of our students. I am especially grateful to you, the teachers and staff for your support and patience, as we worked out our arrival and dismissal procedures.
Here are a few reminders of some school-wide policies and other business to ensure that our great start continues throughout the year.
Morning Arrival procedures:
THE SCHOOL DAY STARTS AT 8AM. Please bring children, grades K-5, to the backyard for morning arrival.
(For rainy and/or very cold days, K-2 will gather in the cafeteria and 3-5 in the auditorium). Pre-k parents will escort their children directly into the classroom,
Please make every effort to be at school by 8am. Good attendance and punctuality are important life-long routines to establish with your child. Early arrival, at 7:30am, is available to all for FREE. We blow the whistle for line up at 8am, then students begin entering the building. The big yard doors will close at 8:10am. You must then enter through the main entrance. Children who arrive after 8:15am will be marked late.
Thank you for your support in helping us start our day, promptly.
Safety policies and procedures:
The safety of students, teachers, staff and families is our school’s highest priority. We will continue to emphasize and adhere to DOE safety protocols and procedures. At the beginning of every year, we meet as a staff to review and discuss safety protocols and drills as well as procedures specific to PS 38, such as hall passes, bathroom buddies and partnering students as they walk through the building. Please remember that all adults must sign-in and show photo ID, at all times, when entering the building. All of our exits are locked and alarmed so please always exit through the main Dean Street entrance. During the year, we are required to have 12 fire drills and 4 soft lockdown drills. These drills are an important way for us to emphasize fire and building safety with our kids, in a non-threatening way. We review all evacuation and lockdown procedures with students before we do the drills. Every month, the safety committee meets to discuss issues concerning safety in the building and on school grounds. The committee is made up of teachers, the custodian, administration, parent coordinator and PTA. We also work closely with the 84th precinct’s NCO (Neighborhood Coordinator Officer) to build a positive working relationship with our community police officers. This year, I have scheduled a safety meeting for parents on Wednesday, October 17th at 8:30am, with our guest speaker, Mr. Jeffrey Horne, our Borough Safety Director, to discuss with you, the procedures and drills required by NYCDOE.
I’ve received several parent emails regarding PS 38’s homework expectations and policies. Some parents explained that they struggle with getting their children to complete homework. Some have expressed to teachers that they want more homework than what is assigned. The teachers and I have met in grade teams to discussed the current homework expectations on the grade, the purpose of the assignments and most importantly, the consistency of homework expectations across the grade. I’d like to share my ideas on homework and to make PS 38’s homework expectations clear for you and your child. First, I strongly believe, as do many of our teachers, that the purpose of homework in elementary school is to build positive, manageable routines and habits for our students to carry throughout their school years. As children move through the grades, these expectations should, I believe, increase incrementally to build children’s stamina and independence. I think it’s important that homework is reasonable and is sensitive to the developmental needs of our children. I also understand the importance of having homework be part of our kids’ lives because they will be held accountable to this responsibility in middle school and beyond.
Below is PS 38’s school-wide homework policy, to provide a guideline, on the amount (in minutes) of homework we expect in each grade. Homework is rarely assigned on weekends although we encourage and recommend that our students read every day, whether it’s with grade level texts and/or children choosing what they want to read during their own time. The time ranges are a guide for you and your child. If your child finishes their homework quickly, additional reading is recommended. Your teacher can also recommend many additional resources including many wonderful literacy and math websites for your child to explore. If your child is struggling within the given timeframe, please reach out to your classroom teacher for assistance in how to manage what is assigned.
I hope this helps clarifies our policies for homework. We want to work together, with you and with your child to help make homework a positive (as much as it can be!) and manageable experience.
Please reach out to your teacher or me if you have questions and feedback.
· Tuesday, Oct 9th SLT meeting
· Saturday, Oct 13th “Power Saturday” AIS/Enrichment
· Wednesday, Oct. 17th – Parent Safety Meeting
· Saturday, Oct. 27th Fall Festival
· Wednesday, Oct. 24th –School wide Vision Screening
· Wednesday, Oct. 31st—Halloween: For students in K-5, please do not send costumes (or masks and accessories) to school. Please reach out to your teachers for more specific information on in-class celebrations. We’ll have a “no homework” night so children will have time to celebrate Halloween after school.
Thank you for all the ways you support PS 38.
Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.
September News 2018
Dear PS 38 families,
It’s been a busy first few days of school but things are moving along quite smoothly. Our students managed the first few days of transitioning from summer break, wonderfully. Overall, they seemed eager and ready to be at school. It’s great to see all of those smiling faces, as they entered the building. Thank you for getting your child back into school routines. We are ready for a great year.
I want to remind you of few important things as we get the school year started.
· **NEW--- EARLY ARRIVAL DROP OFF**: With the support of the PTA, we are happy to provide our PS 38 families with early drop off in the morning, at no cost. Starting Wednesday, September 12th, the big yard and the pre-k yard will be open from 7:30am to 8am for drop off. Each yard will be supervised by teachers and staff. Since this is drop off, we ask that parents do not enter the yard. Please say your goodbyes outside the gate. Children will have free play until 8am. They will then be sent in to their classes. On rainy or colder days, children will gather in the auditorium for early arrival, supervised by teachers and staff.
· Curriculum Conference night is Monday, September 17th, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. We’ve scheduled upper and lower grade conferences. The evening is designed to be an opportunity for you to hear details and ask questions about the curriculum for your child’s grade. Please note that this is not a time for personal conferences about your child. The teachers are in the early stages of getting to know his/her students. Please reach out to your teacher to make a separate appointment.
I encourage you to follow the schedule below.
Schedule for Monday, September 17th:
4:30pm-5pm Counseling in Schools: Ms. Atiyya
SUNY Health Center: School Nurse
5pm----6pm Lower grade conferences (Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd)
6pm----6:30pm Cluster Panel—Music, Science, Dance, Spanish and Gym
6:30--- 7:30pm Upper grade conferences (3rd, 4th, 5th)
**Service providers (Speech, OT) rooms will be posted in the hallways**
· New staff
Please help me give a warm welcome to our new staff at PS 38:
Barbie Vella K-244
Betsy Rodriguez K-246
Rodelyn Mendoza 2-234
Julio Ruiz 2-236
Denise Laidley 4/5-322
· PS 38 Community Standards—I’ve been speaking to the staff about putting community standards in place for our school. PS 38 is a warm, nurturing place. As a school community, I believe it’s important for us to make our expectations clear and explicit for students, staff and families. By creating these standards, we hope to make clear to our community what behaviors are acceptable (and unacceptable) in school. We want to encourage positive decision-making skills and respect within the community while taking a proactive approach in alleviating problems. Next week, Ms. Smith and I will present these standards to every classroom. Copies of the standards will be posted in every classroom and throughout the building. We will also send a copy home to be shared with PS 38 families (via backpack). Please assist us with this effort by reviewing the PS 38 Community Standards at home with your child and holding your child accountable to these expectations as we do.
· Allergies---Please inform your teacher if your child has severe food allergies. Some classrooms are designated as nut-free rooms. Please speak to your teacher if your child needs an accommodation.
· Welcome Picnics—Please join us for the grade level “welcome back, picnics”. Dates are posted on the school calendar.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on the 17th at Curriculum Conference night.
Have a great September!
Pascale Pradel, Principal, IA
WELCOME BACK LETTER 2018
** YMCA AFTER SCHOOL UPDATE : FAMILIES REGISTERED LAST YEAR OR DURING THE SUMMER FOR THE YMCA AFTER SCHOOL WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AND FAMILIES THAT REGISTERED TODAY WILL START OCTOBER 1ST DUE TO LAST MINUTE STAFF CHANGES**
**KINDERGARTEN ARRIVAL UPDATE: PARENTS YOU MAY ESCORT YOUR CHILD TO HIS/HER CLASSROOM ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. OUR STUDENTS WILL NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE IN BRINGING UP THEIR SUPPLIES TO THE CLASSROOM - THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. MS PASCALE**
Dear PS 38 Families,
I want to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! As interim acting principal, I am so excited to start this new school year with you. A big “Thank you” to everyone for the warm, enthusiastic welcome. It means a great deal to me to receive such support. I’m grateful to Dr. Ramirez and the administrative team for their time and assistance in my transition to this new role. I’ve been getting to know all aspects of PS 38 and feel very fortunate to be part of this wonderful school community. Throughout the summer, our school staff has been busily preparing for the first day of school. I’m especially excited to meet and get to know the students of PS 38. It’s going to be a year full of new and exciting learning experiences for your children. We look forward to working with you to ensure it’s a successful one.
Here are some important reminders for the first few days of school.
· Wednesday, September 5, 2018 is the first day of school. School hours are 8am to 2:20pm. School begins promptly at 8am. Please make every effort to bring your child to school on time.
· “Grab and Go” begins at 8:00 a.m. every day. Breakfast will be served in classrooms. All students from K-5 will take their food directly to the classrooms.
· Curriculum Conference—I hope you will be able to attend this year’s Curriculum Conference on Monday, September 17th, from 4:30pm-7:30pm. You will have an opportunity to meet and speak to the teachers who work with your child during the school day. You will hear about the curricula, for your child’s grade, across subject areas, homework routines, enrichments and a lot more. A schedule of curriculum night will be emailed and posted on the website the first week of school.
· Blue Cards—Please fill out a Blue Emergency Card for each child in your family. It’s important to fill out a card every year. We need updated and accurate contact information for your child so we can easily contact you, if needed. The card also includes adults who have permission to pick up your child from school. This is a very important document for us to have in place as soon as the school year begins.
· Lunch forms---Every family must fill out a lunch form for all of their children who are in the school, even if your child does not eat school lunch. Please return the completed the form(s) to the main office or classroom teacher. You can also conveniently complete the lunch form on-line. Click here to fill out 2018-2019 Lunch Form
2018 Meet & Greet Update :
Although there's is no meet and greet this year for Pre-K & kindergarten, Curriculum Conference Night is scheduled earlier than usual this year, September 17th 4:30pm-7:30pm, so you will have time to meet the classroom teachers on that day.
2018 School Supplies List